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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Easy Sudanese Kisra Bread

Three rules for making Sudanese fermented Kisra bread, practice, patience, and preparation.



 Kisra is a common fermented bread that look similar to crepes or flat bread. Kisra is a staple food made throughout Sudan and South Sudan. Slow-fermented Kisra bread has more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than regular bread because of the process of fermentation process easier to digest.

Easy Sudanese Kisra Bread


Eat Sudanese Kirsa bread with your favorite soups and stews, make into a decadent dessert or as a wrap for your lunch sandwich.
Sudanese fermented Kisra sandwich
Ingredients:
1 cup wheat flour
2-3 cups water
1/4 cup plain yogurt
Sesame oil for greasing the crepe pan

Directions:
Mix flour with 2-3 cups water into a thin consistency, similar to pancake mixture but slightly thinner.

Add yogurt and mix well. Leave covered for 3 days to ferment in the fridge.

Heat the pan and grease lightly with oil. Pour ¼ cup of the dough mixture onto the crepe pan and spread evenly using a crepe maker utensil into a thin sheet. Allow 1-2mins to cook one side then flip and cook another 1 minute.


Eat Sudanese Kirsa bread with your favorite soups and stews, make into a decadent dessert or as a wrap for your lunch sandwich. 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup Recipe

Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup African Food Recipe



 Sierra Leone is a small coastal African country where fishing is a way of life. 

Roadside market in Sierra Leone
Roadside market in Sierra Leone

As such fish is an important representing almost 70 percent of the animal protein consumed in Sierra Leone. The herb sorrel or sour grows wild in Sierra Leone. The leaves of the sorrel plant are the part used in recipes throughout Sierra Leone. 

Because of its pungent flavor, sorrel is often combined with fish; blanch the sorrel leaves before cooking if they taste too sharp. Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup is an easy one pot recipe to make ahead or on a weeknight. 

Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup African Food Recipe


Ingredients:
1 handful fresh sorrel leaves, chopped
Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup African Food Recipe
Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup
4 ounces any smoked fish
Peppers to taste
2 cups water

Directions:
In a large pot with water boil the sorrel for 3 minutes, drain water. Add water, fish and seasoning to pot of sorrel and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over rice or as a soup.


Did you know…?
Sorrel has a characteristically sharp acidic taste and contains large amounts of oxalic acid which can interfere with absorption of some minerals. Spinach and broccoli also contain high amounts of oxalic acid.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sudanese Aseeda Honey Dessert Recipe

In Southern South Sudan, Aseeda is a giant doughy dumpling dish made with three simple ingredients; flour, water, and salt topped with melted butter and honey.


Sudanese Aseeda Honey Dessert Recipe
In Southern South Sudan, Aseeda is a giant doughy dumpling dish made with three simple ingredients; flour, water, and salt topped with melted butter and honey.
Sudanese Aseeda Honey Dessert Recipe

Ingredients:
3 cups whole-wheat flour
2-3 cups cold water
1 teaspoon sea salt

Aseeda Topping
½ cup melted butter
½ cup honey

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, salt and cold water mixing well with a bread hook attachment. You can also mix by hand. Mix until flour and water and fully incorporated.

In a large pot over medium heat, add dough and an additional 1 cup of water and stir well until dough is warm, smooth and firm to the touch 10-15 minutes. There should be no lumps since you used cold water and not hot at the start of the recipe.

Slightly grease a serving plate and place the dough in the middle of the plate forming a ball with smooth sides. Make a deep indentation in the center of the dough by using a large ladle or spoon. Pour melted butter inside the indentation and over the sides, and then pour honey in the same manner.


To eat the aseeda simply pinch a piece of the dough, pop it in your mouth, close your eyes and enjoy.

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